Police charge 24-year-old with murder, arson in connection with weekend killing
by Gary Kent
May 07, 2013 | 14797 views | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mark Pillow
Mark Pillow
BEEVILLE — A 24-year-old Beeville man was in custody at the Bee County Jail Tuesday morning charged with murder, arson and possession of marijuana.

Mark Pillow is suspected of being involved in the killing of 65-year-old Dorothy Pillow and burning of her home. The victim’s body was discovered Saturday afternoon after members of the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a fire inside her home at 708 N. Jefferson St.

Investigators with the Beeville Police Department have not yet said what the suspect’s relationship is to the victim.

According to Detective Lt. Eddie Garcia, the 24-year-old suspect was arrested following an autopsy of the victim Monday.

The autopsy was performed at the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office in Corpus Christi.

Local firefighters were called to the scene at 4:16 p.m. Saturday.

According to deputies at the Bee County Sheriff’s Office, the man had been arrested for possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone on May 5, the day after the woman’s body was discovered.

Bonds set by Justice of the Peace Abel Suniga were $1.5 million on the murder charge, $1.5 million on the arson charge and $2,000 on drug possession charge.

Investigators with the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office were called to Beeville shortly after the body was discovered to determine where and how the fire started.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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May 07, 2013
I never new this Guy Mark, but Dorothy was my first cousin. Very simple country girl that wouldn't hurt a flea. She was the sweetest woman you could ever meet. From what i understand, this Mark and and his twin brother was living at Dorothy's house. Yes,,, she was taking care of her own Grandchildren. I guess Mark is some how related to me, being Dorothy's Grandson, but i hope he get's the worst penalty that the law can impose on him for this crime. Thankyou for the good work of the Bee County police department, and whatever other departments helped out to bring this very sick individual to justice. God Bless all of you.

Randy Andrews